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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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AECF - FCs and ETs

For families that have a loved one serving the Navy as an FC or an ET. This is the place to share and learn more about their jobs and schools. For subs - look for the SECF group.

Members: 833
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2022

Discussion Forum

Anybody out there?

Started by Jules. Last reply by Bandmom Aug 24, 2021. 2 Replies

Current A school at GL for AECF?

Started by BessLynn423. Last reply by ANOsMom Nov 11, 2019. 1 Reply

Anyone graduating A school on 10/26/18

Started by Dena4. Last reply by Anti M Oct 9, 2018. 2 Replies

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Comment by CCR on May 22, 2008 at 5:34pm
CIWS(Close In Weapon System),
RAM(Rolling Airframe Missile),
MK 86 GFCS(Gun Fire Control System), and
Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Does each one go to a different C school location?
Comment by CCR on May 22, 2008 at 5:17pm
Never take anything I say to be written in stone. I get things mixed up, or sometimes the Navy just keeps my son in the dark and as he knows, he lets me know.
So, I thought he was going into A school next. He is going into ATT school now for 3 months, then A school. Just now said he moved into a bldg next to where his night classes were. I remember where that is. They would sleep during BKFST cuz classes were till midnight the night before, right? could eat after midnight for their 3rd meal, but had to walk all the way back to the last barrack, sign up for that meal (or sign out) walk back to galley and either couldn't make it in time, or way too far. now he's moved, hope he gets to eat a 3rd meal a day. Thats probably what Nick meant about getting to the galley. And he says he does think he told me a long time ago he was going to be an ET, but now its FC. Since he said he would be in ATT for 3 months, then I am assuming A school takes 3 months since he'll have a leave in November?????????
The funny part is he moved today and said he really enjoyed moving all his "stuff". I laughed and said "I told you so".
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 21, 2008 at 9:55am
Wow Kelly - those are startling numbers. I'm going to try to find more info on their C schools, it comes down to which system they will be working with but they really do have C schools for FCs in VA and CA. My husband trained at both - now that was a long time ago (hehehe) but last week an FC mom wrote that her son was graduating from C school in San Diego. They may train on some systems in GL though. So much to learn ladies!
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 21, 2008 at 9:04am
Hey CCR, so glad you enjoyed your weekend. It sounds like your son maybe two days ahead of ours. As he is due to complete his class on Friday and then move into the other building for ATT on Monday. Or at least that is what he is hoping for - hasn't gotten the final word on ATT start date. He is also in that LAST building in goodness maybe there do know each other!!!

I had not heard anything about C school being moved to GL - I hope that is not the case but it will be what it is. We live in the South and the weather is brutal there with the lake effects. Our son is due to finish in November as well and I was hoping he would be heading to school in San Diego so he could enjoy the beautiful weather and area but he's a big guy now and will deal with whatever the situation is. He is so easy going, never complains. On the flipside if they do keep them there - it would be easier to visit him for us!

I think the ETs train in Pensacola (?) but I can be wrong about that - not a bad place to go to school either!!! For the FCs, it depends on which system they are training for, I understand it could be Virginia or San Diego.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 21, 2008 at 8:56am
Yeah Kelly, I know that phone call helped! Just knowing he is getting settled into his new home and no more bc is uplifting! He will be happy to see his classes get underway.

He will have two short classes (totally three weeks) before ATT actually begins.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 21, 2008 at 8:55am
I hope our son GAINS a few pounds while in A school, always been skinny...makes me wonder if he is my son?!!!

Our son also reports that it is hard to get to the galley because of those night classes so I think he has done TacoBell and Subway...a few times now!
Comment by CCR on May 20, 2008 at 7:48pm
She's BACK!!!!!!! We took Patrick his stuff. He had school 3-12 on Fri., so we picked him up Sat and Sun and took him back on the base Sat and Sun Nite. Boy, his barrack is the very last one in the back. What a walk. He was one of four people who got some question right on a test, and he graduates this Wed, then will be moved from that barrack to another. I said good luck carrying his "stuff" with him to the new place. Ha Ha. 4 suitcases he stuffed into 3 bags.
I hate airports. Long story. Should be a blog.
Mary, he is still going to be an FC from what I understand. Maybe I had things mixed up.
I copied and pasted all the info from this group about FC's. It was 3 pgs. and he was actually interested in the whole thing. He said, Yes, Yes, well, thats changed, maybe. Hmmmm.
Apparently, after he finishes A school in Nov., they are thinking of moving the C school up to Great Lakes. We ran into Emily (Lorianne's daughter) and her boyfriend (who is an FC). He wasn't aware of the C school changing to come to GL, but it is a new idea. By the way, when I said good-bye on Sunday, it was almost, by not quite as bad as the PIR good-bye. I thought it was supposed to get better. Maybe by micro-increments, lessened each time so that when we turn 100, it'll be not so bad. lol
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 20, 2008 at 11:22am
Oh my - CCR would be so happy if it was her son, I am waiting to hear from her ...if I have my dates correct I think she went to GL this weekend to visit with him.

Your son didn't carry his orders over to the other side? Now I'm going to be really curious what they say. If I understand correct CCRs son and LynnDears son were switched from FC to ET after they started in the ATT class.

If your son has a phone, he will be able to call you - I hear from Nick almost daily.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 19, 2008 at 4:21pm
You had great timing Kelly, I'm sure they appreciated your help. I wonder if they are CCR or LynnDear's sons (?) They were both due to be FCs and got moved to ETs after starting ATT. My husband will be so disappointed if our son gets moved. I posted info on ET today for the ET moms, AE/CF spins into two classifications ET and FCs. The initial training is the same for both and then they break into their speciailized training fields for more schooling.
Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on May 19, 2008 at 9:50am
Kelly - so happy for you and your son! I'd like to say the adventure starts now but here is what he is in store for...first week out of bc, he goes to a five day indoc class which covers many areas including financial planning - which they earn a college credit for. These were day classes and unless he has duty, he will have the weekends off. Duty for this group is every 4 days. After our son finished indoc, he then went on hold waiting for the next class to begin - it is basic seamanship but it has some fancy name. That is about two weeks long and it is M-F from 3 pm to midnight. Nick is in the final week of that class and is hoping that ATT which is 10 weeks long (basic electronics) starts right up without going into hold again. He got to paint buildings for four days while on hold. I understand once ATT starts, he will be moving into a new dorm again. Notice Julie's comments below - her son PIR-ed in November 07 and is just finishing A school in June. This is a long program with lots of schooling and that is why they require the six yr. enlistment. Hoping that we can learn from Julie as her son will be completing his first leg of school soon.

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